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In response to the murder of four Israelis by Arab terrorists, President Obama said the following: “[In this] tragedy…people were gunned down on the street by terrorists who are purposely trying to undermine these [Israeli-Palestinian peace] talks.”
The aim of the terrorists, however, was not to stop peace talks. The attack occurred close to the same place where an Israeli policeman was shot in his car several months ago when there were no “peace talks.” Israelis are frequently attacked on roads throughout Israel by rocks and fire bombs, sometimes by snipers. These attacks are not connected to any political or diplomatic process. Framing this attack as politically motivated distorts the nature and meaning of Arab terrorism against Jews.
President Obama went on to say:
The message should go out to Hamas and everybody else who is taking credit for these heinous crimes that this is not going to stop us from not only ensuring a secure Israel but also securing a longer-lasting peace in which people throughout the region can take a different course.
One might have expected him to say: “Those who commit such murders, and those who support them, will be brought to justice and punished to the fullest extent of the law,” or “Unless the PA [Palestinian Authority] acts to eliminate terrorism and incitement there can be no progress in political, diplomatic or military cooperation. Actions speak louder than words.”
But he did not, and he won’t; because no matter what Arab terrorists do, the PA knows it has the support of many in America, Europe and the general international community.
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